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What Waikiki, Honolulu looked like in the 1970s

A long stretch of white sand and turquoise blue water attracts many swimmers, surfers, and snorkelers to the Waikiki. Several high-rises, high-end restaurants, and resorts line the borders of this popular destination. There are plenty of activities and events for all ages in Waikiki, from Hilton Hawaiian Village on the west to Kapi’olani Park on the east.

There are world-class hotels like Hilton, Sheraton, and Hyatt, as well as smaller operations that still provide plenty of alohas. Waikiki is also home to Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater. The Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu Zoo, and International Marketplace (a shopper’s paradise in Waikiki) are all nearby.

#1 Street view of the busy intersection at Kalakaua and Kapahulu Avenues, 1971

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#2 13 year-old Adam Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, enjoying the surf at Waikiki, 1970

13 year-old Adam Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, enjoying the surf at Waikiki, 1970

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#3 Traditional Hawaiian dancers on the terrace of the ‘Royal Hawaiian Hotel’ in Waikiki, 1970

Traditional Hawaiian dancers on the terrace of the 'Royal Hawaiian Hotel' in Waikiki, 1970

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#4 Hawaiian teenagers dancing at a free rock concert in Honolulu’s Kapiolani Park, 1970

Hawaiian teenagers dancing at a free rock concert in Honolulu's Kapiolani Park, 1970

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#5 “Thunderbirds” Aerobatic Team in Formation, Waikiki, 1970s

"Thunderbirds" Aerobatic Team in Formation, Waikiki, 1970s

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#6 Random snap looking mauka along Seaside Avenue from the Kalakaua Avenue intersection, 1971

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#7 Opened 1977 by developer William K. H. Mau (c1913-2011) on the site of the old Tropics (later Royal Lanai) restaurant at the mauka-ewa corner of Kalakaua Avenue at Seaside, 1971.

This already large building was expanded to take over this entire block of Kalakaua between Royal Hawaiian, Lauula, and Seaside Avenues 2009.

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#8 Driver’s eye view looking Diamond Head from Royal Hawaiian Avenue along Waikiki’s main drag Kalakua Avenue, 1974

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#9 Late afternoon looking more or less west along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue shortly after its 1971 conversion to one-way Diamond Head with no more on-street parking.

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#10 East along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue shortly after its conversion to one way Diamond Head with no more on-street parking, 1971

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#11 Aloha Week parade photo showing where the old Lum’s Hot Dogs was located on Kalakaua Avenue – mauka (inland) side just Ewa (west) of Lewers Street, 1974.

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#12 Looking Diamond Head (east) along Waikiki’s Kuhio Avenue between Kaiulani Avenue (left) and Duke’s Lane (out of frame at right), 1973

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#13 Waikiki’s Ala Wai Blvd between Kanekapolei and Wailana looking more or less west, 1974.

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#14 Street level view of the high-rise towers and the parking structure required to handle the increasing number of guests at Waikiki’s Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, 1971

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#15 Detailed birdseye view, probably taken from the Waikiki Terrace Hotel, looking west towards the intersection of Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues, 1971

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#16 Sharp aerial view from a blacony on the sixth floor at the Ilikai Hotel looking mauka (inland) along Waikiki’s stretch of Ala Moana Blvd., 1970

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#17 Looking mauka (inland) from Fort DeRussy at the new construction rapidly changing the Honolulu skyline, 1970s

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#18 Wall-to-wall people pack the beach at Waikiki every day sun shines, 1970s

Wall-to-wall people pack the beach at Waikiki every day sun shines, 1970s

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#19 Kate Jackson, guest and Cheryl Ladd in Waikiki, 1970s

Kate Jackson, guest and Cheryl Ladd in Waikiki, 1970s

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#20 Filming “Charlie’s Angels” Episode “Angels in Paradise” in Waikiki, 1970s

Filming "Charlie's Angels" Episode "Angels in Paradise" in Waikiki, 1970s

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#21 Filming “Charlie’s Angels” Episode “Angels in Paradise” in Waikiki, 1970s

Filming "Charlie's Angels" Episode "Angels in Paradise" in Waikiki, 1970s

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#22 Filming “Charlie’s Angels” Episode “Angels in Paradise” in Waikiki, 1970s

Filming "Charlie's Angels" Episode "Angels in Paradise" in Waikiki, 1970s

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#23 Filming “Charlie’s Angels” Episode “Angels in Paradise” in Waikiki, 1970s

Filming "Charlie's Angels" Episode "Angels in Paradise" in Waikiki, 1970s

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#24 Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Kate Jackson in Waikiki, 1970s

Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Kate Jackson in Waikiki, 1970s

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#25 Hawaiian dancers Carmella Barut and Marlene Kalahiki give an impromtu hula dance outside the Hyatt Kingsgate Hotel Kings, 1976

Hawaiian dancers Carmella Barut and Marlene Kalahiki give an impromtu hula dance outside the Hyatt Kingsgate Hotel Kings, 1976

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#26 View of traffic down Kalakaua Avenue, the main street of the Waikiki Beach area, 1973

View of traffic down Kalakaua Avenue, the main street of the Waikiki Beach area, 1973

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#27 Hotel along the water in the popular Waikiki Beach area, 1973

Hotel along the water in the popular Waikiki Beach area, 1973

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#28 Outrigger canoes and surfers at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, 1973

Outrigger canoes and surfers at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, 1973

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#29 Waikiki Beach at Honolulu is open to all of the public, 1970s

Waikiki Beach at Honolulu is open to all of the public, 1970s

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#30 Sun on Waikiki, 1970s

Sun on Waikiki, 1970s

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#31 Waikiki beach, 1970s

Waikiki beach, 1970s

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#32 U.S. generals and politicians of Berlin stand in front of a model of the Waikiki beach on the American holiday island Hawaii, 1972

U.S. generals and politicians of Berlin stand in front of a model of the Waikiki beach on the American holiday island Hawaii, 1972

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#33 Waikiki area, October 1973

Waikiki area, October 1973

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#34 Outrigger canoes and surfers at Waikiki Beach, October 1973

Outrigger canoes and surfers at Waikiki Beach, October 1973

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#35 Waikiki Beach visitors enjoy the outrigger canoe, October 1973

Waikiki Beach visitors enjoy the outrigger canoe, October 1973

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#36 Waikiki, 1970s

Waikiki, 1970s

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#37 Sunbathers on Waikiki Beach, 1971

Sunbathers on Waikiki Beach, 1971

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#38 N.Z. Turf Jackpot Winner Visits Stables.Mr. Peter Moran, N.Z. Turf Jackpot winner, in Waikiki, 1970s

N.Z. Turf Jackpot Winner Visits Stables.Mr. Peter Moran, N.Z. Turf Jackpot winner, in Waikiki, 1970s

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#39 Waikiki, 1974

Waikiki, 1974

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#40 The Sheraton Moana Hotel in Waikiki Beach, 1970

The Sheraton Moana Hotel in Waikiki Beach, 1970

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#41 Waikiki Beach, with sunbathers, 1970

Waikiki Beach, with sunbathers, 1970

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#42 A packed beach with people sunbathing and enjoying the sea, 1970

A packed beach with people sunbathing and enjoying the sea, 1970

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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